Jamie Boudreau is 33 years old and currently lives in Michigan, USA. He runs a business with his wife Amanda and is a proud father of twin boys Roman and Camden. Jamie has been a bodybuilder for 15 years and competed at a high amateur level in recent times.
Jamie’s competition stats
NPC Flex Lewis classic 2014 – Junior lightweight winner
NPC Central States 2017- Open middleweight 2nd
NPC Western Michigan 2017- Open middleweight 1st place
What may seem like a regular man living his life on the outside is certainly a lesson for us all to learn that not everything is as it may seem. Jamie has Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition that is severely life threatening.
People with Cystic Fibrosis suffer from a build-up of mucous in the respiratory and digestive systems, this leads to severe damage and malnutrition over time that cannot be cured. It can be a constant daily battle just to stay healthy. A life with Cystic Fibrosis means frequent hospital visits, over 40 tablets per day, breathing treatments, chest clearance and a strict importance in adhering to a healthy, active lifestyle through training and nutrition. The average life expectancy in the USA is currently 39.
All of us at Sport’s Inspiration and Zveron were keen to know more about Jamie’s story recently contacted him to conduct an interview.
So Jamie, it’s a pleasure to catch up with you, first of all; What was your biggest motivation to start bodybuilding?
That would have to be girls and the Spring Break of my Senior year at high school!
Good answer. So at what moment (if any) changed everything for you? What was the key factor in deciding to compete as a bodybuilder with so much on your plate?
Becoming a father made me re-evaluate my life and goals. Once I became a dad of twins, it was a great reason for me in wanting to compete again and have them there to see. We never know how long we have and my passion for bodybuilding is so strong and it’s such an important part of my life.
I wanted to create memories and have pictures to have not only for me but for my boys in case something happens.
So you could say that your family is your sports inspiration!
How do you balance being a married father of two, running a business, dealing with cystic fibrosis AND being a competitive bodybuilder?
It’s really difficult and if I said I’m as good of a father in the last 4 weeks of prep as in the off season that would be lying. Running a business is stressful, especially a seasonal business as you’re always looking for ways to improve figures and keep your customers interested and happy.
Being a dad and having a disease likes C.F helps in some ways because it keeps you on task and you develop a routine that can be applied to every area of my life.
(Well as much of a routine as twin toddlers will allow lol.) Cystic Fibrosis never has a day off so neither can I.
You and your wife must have a very strong bond to support each other through it all!
Being married to your best friend is what makes it all work. She knows I have goals and is able to put aside certain issues or things until prep is over. I feel a marriage that isn’t between best friends tend to be the ones that fail. Especially if there is an athlete or competitor in the house where there will need to be sacrifices made.
What advice would you give to aspiring bodybuilders?
It’s a marathon not a sprint. Try to win each day and all of those days add up to massive gains in both life and the gym.
What are your proudest moment/s or achievements?
As a bodybuilder, thinking about my shows/competitions it would be have striated glutes on stage. No one knows how hard that is until they have done it (put the work in) and nailed their peak on show day.
In life, becoming a father. Hands down.
What are your plans for the next 5 years?
Train, get better and become a better father and husband.
Important one- how does CF affect your bodybuilding and daily life?
It’s stressful because you know how important eating and food are to not only maintain your weight but with CF a lot of your calories are used up fighting infection. So its hard battling CF and trying to build a strong body internally/ externally.
Some days it’s hard to get it all down or fit it all in so I find myself up at 2am eating my last meal.
What about your treatments?
All I can say is it’s tough. When it comes to daily life cf is just a struggle in general bc each day brings a new set of problems for example breathing. You may feel amazing for a day or two then wake up and it’s like you have an elephant sitting on hit chest and then guess what?! It’s leg day the most grueling day of the week (I train them twice a week) so you have to mentally prepare yourself for this over and over again.
We would like to thank Jamie for partaking in this interview, the basis of this one was to focus on his quality of life regardless of any setbacks. So tomorrow when you are too tired to train or feeling cranky, just remember how easy we have it compared to others.
We will be doing more with Jamie soon on our new YouTube channel so keep your eyes peeled.